People in Byron Bay were surprised to see the Westpac chopper circle the town several times before landing at the rec grounds yesterday evening. The helicopter was on the final leg of a rescue mission that began at Tallow Beach.
At around 5pm the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service was tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to Tallows after reports that two male surfers had not returned to shore after being in the area.
The man who reported the incident was a friend of the surfers and said that all the three surfers got into difficulties in the water, however, he was able to make his way to shore but had lost sight of his mates.
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A search involving the police, ambulance, Surf Lifesaving and NSW Marine Rescue began, but owing to the hazardous conditions below the Cape Byron cliff face, water rescue craft were unable to access the area.
The two men were located by the helicopter crew at the base of Cape Byron – an Ambulance New South Wales Critical Care Paramedic was winched into the area and both men were pulled to safety and flown to awaiting ambulances and the rec grounds in Marvel Street.
Both men were treated for minor cuts and abrasions and transported to Byron Bay District Hospital by ambulance for observation.
About 30 land, sea and air search and emergency personal from across services were involved in the rescue.